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Public Trustee NSW Investment option safe?

Discussion in 'Money Management' started by MakeAMillion, 12th Aug, 2009.

  1. MakeAMillion

    MakeAMillion New Member

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    I'm new to this forum and after lurking for a while I'm amazed at the wealth of knowledge in this forum. Today I wanted to ask the experts around here. I have around $50k I currently have with HSBC (earning only 0.75% as I found out recently :mad:). So, I want to get the money out as quickly as possible and was looking at some high-interest savings accounts or something similar. I might need access to the money to buy a house next year if everything goes to plan.

    One member posted the U-bank option at 5.11% which sounds good. Only concern is that this might just be an introductory rate and they will drop it soon.

    In the SMH Sunday Investor I saw a number of ads from the NSW Public Trustee recently. This being a Government organisation I thought this must be a safe investment. But they are offering 6% for what sounds to me just like a normal savings account. No fees, capital guarantee (not sure whether they mean Government guarantee or what this is)....but at 6% there surely is a catch somewhere I'm not seeing. So, does anyone know what this product actually does and whether it's comparable to a normal high interest savings account?

    Info can be found here: The Public Trustee is there for you. It talks about a "Power of Attorney" and this is where they loose me. What is this thing?

    I had my money with the City Pacific Mortgage Trust a few years ago (glad I got out before it was too late). So, I don't want anything like this again, even though 9.75% was a great return (if you actually get it!).

    As a side, does anyone know the best way to get all my money from HSBC to this new account without paying for a cheque? I think my BPAY limit is only $10k or even less per day. And apparently they can't increase the limit for a once-off transaction.
     
  2. AsxBroker

    AsxBroker Well-Known Member

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    Wow...
    4.4% upfront fee.
     
  3. Billv

    Billv Getting there

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    At $300K it drops to 1% but it still doesn't sound like a good option